From the campground, we could see the top of the plateau...
The main campground. Our site is actually in the opposite direction, and well secluded from any other campers. Just the way we like it!
Each campsite has a braai (charcoal BBQ grill), a water tap, and an electrical post with a light. Wouldn't you know, we got all set up and then found out our electrical post isn't working! We usually know better than that and of course next time we'll check the outlets before getting set up. No worries anyhow, we only need electric for our laptops, and we brought a small inverter to use the truck battery, so we stayed put. Our supplied fridge/coolbox operates only off 12v electric and the truck has a separate battery for that.
On the trail, we made a wrong turn and ended up doing an additional 20 minute loop section.
Ruth on the trail.
We came across an old German grave.
Apparently this park used to be a farm prior to the 1970's. The entire plateau above the campground and resort is also park property and apparently there are giraffes and rhinos up there. You have to have a permit and pay to go on safari up there, so we won't be doing that here. We'll be spending the next six days in Etosha National Park and we'll be seeing lots of wildlife there!
Kevin, just climbed up a "ladder"! The trail is rocky and steep at places, but as one older gentleman said who was coming down "it's rocky, but even the old people can do it." Good for him!
Us, at the top of the plateau.
A few others enjoying the view with us.
We met a nice German couple at the top of the plateau. Most of the other tourists we've met have been German, but there are some British here as well, and we heard a family who sounded like they were from Bulgaria or some place in that region. Not sure. However we haven't met anyone else from North America yet.
The view from the top of Waterberg plateau.
Near the bottom of the picture you can see some of the chalet buildings. Notice how the bottom includes more greenery. There is an underground spring here which is what attracted people to the area many years ago in the first place. Namibia is in the middle of what they are saying is the worst drought in 30 years but the underground spring continues to flow.
Some of the chalets that are for rent. There is also a restaurant on site for meals.
It was around 12 noon when we made it back to our campsite, and it was getting warm. We had some lunch, and I tried to have a nap, but it was too hot inside the tent. We don't have a thermometer, but we think it was about 34C (94F). Not very humid though...it is very dry here. Anyhow, we figured our afternoon was better spent by the pool!
Ruth, going for a dip.
It was much nicer in the shade by the pool. We stayed for a couple of hours and just relaxed and watched the occasional baboon wander by. At one point a few of them came by and played for a while. Some people consider the baboons to be pests, but we like watching them and haven't had any problems with them. We noticed that some tourists try and get too close to them though. And some try to scare them off even though they're not bothering anybody. We can't quite figure that out. As in most cases, people tend to cause their own problems.
Mom, with her baby.
They cautiously came over to get a drink from the pool!
The baby baboon found a leaking waterhose and was having fun playing with the water and trying to drink from it.
A group of very loud tourists came to the pool around 4:00pm so it was about time for us to head back to the campsite for a cold drink. We did roast chicken on the braii (charcoal grill) with veggies and rice. Then in bed by 9:00pm. We find it makes much more sense to go to bed early and get up early. We were up this morning at 5:50am, just before sunrise.
Taken through the bushed at our campsite, this is a dik-dik. One of the smallest antelope species, they stand about a foot tall!
Ha! As I'm typing this, I heard a rustling near the back of our truck about 5 feet away. I thought a plastic bag had fallen over, but a second later I heard something else. Ruth had gone to the washroom so I didn't think she was back yet so I went to have a look. And here was this big male baboon trying to get into our stuff! I clapped and jumped and he went running to the front of the truck. I chased him a bit and he kept going back and forth. Anybody watching would have laughed! And I just finished saying how they weren't pests!
Today, we are off for six days in Etosha National Park. This is one of the premier wildlife viewing parks in the world and we can't wait to tell you all about it!